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7 Ideas to Upgrade Your Car Camping Gear

Car camping can be a nightmare junk show of cold feet, bad food and a sore back, or it can be a comfy efficient, experience. The difference is in the gear you pack along with you. These four essentials and three  extra items should improve your time in camp. See our ten favorite camping spots in…

A Year in the Wilderness: Followed by Wolves – Week 16, Post 9

There are wolves all around us; scientists estimate there are close to 500 wolf packs in Northern Minnesota. We encounter their tracks almost every day and their ghostly howls often pierce the frigid night air, but we rarely see them. Normally wolves run away when they sense the presence of humans and are gone before we…

A Year in the Wilderness: Feeling Winter’s First Arctic Blast – Week 14, Post 8

The cold stung my face when I unzipped the tent door and ventured out. The sled dogs remained curled in tight balls, with their furry tails draped over their noses to conserve heat. Only Acorn lifted her head to sniff the air and let out a short, playful howl to acknowledge my presence. The wilderness…

9 Camping Tips for a Backcountry Thanksgiving Feast

For the outdoors enthusiast, Thanksgiving is an especially wonderful gift. The four-day holiday weekend provides the opportunity for friends and family to enjoy a quiet campsite in a normally busy national park, get far into a canyon in red rock country, or perhaps ski to a secluded hut in the Colorado Rockies. For the past…

A Year in the Wilderness: Feeling the Pull of the Basswood River – Week 6, Post #2

The Basswood River in Minnesota’s Boundary Water Canoe Area spills over many ledges and squeezes through rock walls where it empties out of Basswood Lake. There is a mile-long portage that bypasses the first mile and a half of river, where most of these rapids lie. Gazing up the river this morning from our campsite…

A Backcountry Recovery in Yellowstone: Camping in the Lower 48’s Most Remote Place (Part 3 of 5)

I woke up to the not-so distant howl of a wolf in the deepest backcountry location in the Lower 48. The half light of coming dawn allowed me to barely see our five horses and two mules standing at attention seeking the source of the deep howl. Another wolf joined the chorus, this one further…

Utah by Dirt: Off Road and Behind the Lens

A desert road trip is something that I look forward to year in and year out. As a neighboring Coloradan, it’s become a staple of the yearly adventure diet. While I may not call Utah my home, there is something there that I can’t live without. Anyone who has been there and experienced the full value…

Utah by Dirt: Canyoneering in Escalante National Monument

“Alright, everybody feel good? Are we ready to commit to this?” Sam shouted down the canyon, juggling the tail of our rope as he waited for an answer. Enthusiastically we shouted back, “Let’s do it!” “Alrighty!” he said, then quickly yanked the rope. It came cascading down, landing on the sandstone deck, the slap echoing…

The Gourmand’s Camping Stove

Few items of gear have so positively changed my life as the Jetboil. Compact, lightweight, and extremely fast to boil water, this stove/cooking system simplified, lightened, and streamlined my backcountry chefery. Menus, never my forte, have been reduced to ready to eat and ready to boil, and I’m so much happier for it. I even…

Our Favorite Retro Lantern

See more gear reviews in our Elements Gear Guide >> Upon seeing the Barebones Canyon Lantern for the first time, music fans of a certain age might find themselves singing a Cowboy Junkies lyric: “We are miners, hard rock miners … .” In fact, they might find themselves having a hard time not singing it: The…